Paul Stanley, Lita Ford, Kip Winger -- Playboy Mansion -- 11/12/11
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Eric Charbonneau, Le Studio Paul Stanley and friends
If you're like most folks, your rock star fantasies require nothing more than a pair of tight jeans, an air guitar, a locked door and a mirror. Maybe, at most, an XBox with a Rock Band setup.
But those who plunked down big cash for something called Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp got the chance to do it up big time this weekend at the Playboy mansion, with a bevy of rock stars on hand.
It was all part of a splashy fundraising gig for a charity called Sweet Relief Musician's Fund. The evening's big headliner was Paul Stanley of KISS, who was wearing the requisite leopard print and black leather ensemble.
Also on hand were porn star Ron Jeremy, Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Lita Ford, Kip Winger, and a smattering of other vaguely familiar rock names interspersed with more hired T&A than you could shake a drumstick at.
Then there were the scores of fanboys who spent the evening standing around the bar, the game room, and the grotto, cell phone cameras in hand. They kept saying, "We're at the Playboy Mansion!" Because, after all, that's what you do when you're at the Playboy Mansion.
Photo by L.J. Williamson
Sweet Relief Musician's Fund is a charity that provides assistance to career musicians who don't have health insurance.
But last night's party also served as a graduation gig for folks who attended the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. (Those folks also got to perform at venues like House of Blues or Whisky A Go Go in front of an audience of friends and family.)
Prior to the gig, campers spend several days rehearsing, eating, and drinking with their rock star "camp counselors," including Steven Tyler, Brian Wilson, Jane Wiedlin, and Jack Bruce.